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Ghost Gunner CNC

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by HKaltwasser, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. HKaltwasser

    HKaltwasser Active Member

    Just wondering if anyone has one of these. I was searching out options for wood grips and a CNC to do it with. This thing looks interesting for making 80% lowers, 1911 frames, and 80% Glock frames. I'd like to hear your experience, I like the idea of setting this thing up in my study and making stuff :D.

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  2. lonestardiver

    lonestardiver Well-Known

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    I have one but have not had the opportunity to finish a lower yet.

    They stress aluminum no harder than 7075.

    It needs to be conductive so it can use the bit as a probe.


    Supposedly this year they are coming out with AR-9 and AR-45 cutting files. I also know they are working on a 10/22 pattern.

    Being it requires conductivity (5v) I suspect polymer lowers and other non conductive materials such as wood will not be supported.

    Anodized and other coating require additional steps to set up initial “probing” of the 80% lower.

    Mine came with cut files for ar-15, ar-10, and 1911.

    I got the ar-15 set and a set of jigs for the ar-10 since the drill bits and mill bit are the same between the two platforms.

    I saw somewhere where there is code for engraving as well.

    Currently I am waiting for a small shop vac to use to vacuum the work area as it will produce a lot of material as it mills out the rest of the lower. A warm day would also be nice so I can spend time out in the shop and not freeze.
     
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  3. HKaltwasser

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    Well, that tells me everything I need to know. I was hoping it could be a one stop shop type deal for me.

    Look forward to seeing the results when you get it set up.
     
  4. lonestardiver

    lonestardiver Well-Known

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    You can write your own code to do whatever. The platform is open source.
     
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    Writing code for a CNC machine is not just typing in a few numbers and hitting the start button I hope people know.
     
  6. HKaltwasser

    HKaltwasser Active Member

    As long as it's not plastic or wood. Wood was one of the main reasons I'm searching one out.
     
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  7. lonestardiver

    lonestardiver Well-Known

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    Very true...
    If I recall, you can model it in solid works or some similar tool and there is a conversion process that builds the cc code for the machine.
     
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    How about the info on the machine rather than just a picture??? I'm curious as I like hobby machining.
     
  9. lonestardiver

    lonestardiver Well-Known

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    https://ghostgunner.net/

    Website with info on the product.

    In short it is a horizontal CNC mill with basic room to AR lowers and smaller. It requires fixtures (jigs) to mount to the table while keeping the object electrically isolated from the table.

    The fixtures for the ar-15,ar-10,1911, you can purchase from the vendor or print yourself with a 3D printer. Code is included.

    There are a number of YouTube videos showing unboxing and operation.

    Being open source and such, there are possibilities of generating code to do other milling projects. There again as mentioned in a previous post, it is designed for aluminum and not steel since it has no provision for lubrication of the work surface as you might find in a full-size CNC machine.
     
  10. dogbone

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    Just a heads up for anyone interested in 80% lowers. A bill has been filed in the Texas legislature to require registration, background check, and engraving of a state issued serial number on any unmarked firearm. The bill is HB 38 and more discussion of the bill may be found here:

    https://www.texasguntalk.com/threads/hb-38-require-serial-no-for-3d-and-80-firearms.88906/
     


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